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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

452   TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "

this type in the world quite commonly. It exists, in
a modified form perhaps, in our own Theosophical
Society. Neither of these extremes iS good for the
progress of the man, but at the Same time one fully
recognises that the man in many cases cannot help
his disposition. He could have helped it, no doubt,
in lives long past, but the sceptical man has built
up his sceptical attitude probably through many
lives. He may have had reason for it. In earlier ^
days he may have been very badly deceived through
trusting too much in the religion of his day, or in
something or other of that sort that was taught to
him. So it may be as the result of bitter experience
that the pendulum has now swung too far the other
way. But though that is so, the attitude is a very
unfortunate one, and the man who finds himself the
victim of it would do well to weed it out of himself,
because, until he does so, he will never satisfactorily
believe in anything. It is well not to be blindly
credulous—of course one can see that—but it seems
to me that, although the^sceptical man generally calls
his attitude " scientific," it is just as unscientific to
doubt, when there is good and clear reason to believe,
as it is to believe when there is no such reason. Both
these attitudes are alike unscientific. Certainly one
must see one's way before one accepts anything. I
suppose the fact is that each of us has a sort of
scheme of things in general in his mind. I know that
I have, for example, and I suppose that every one of